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Ricci, an unemployed man in the depressed post-WWII economy of Italy, gets at last a good job - for which he needs a bike - hanging up posters. But soon his bicycle is stolen. He and his son walk the streets of Rome, looking for the bicycle. Ricci finally manages to locate the thief but with no proof, he has to abandon his cause. But he and his son know perfectly well that without a bike, Ricci won't be able to keep his job.Written by
Vintage Neorrealist film about a working-class man whose bicycle is robbed and he and his child set out in pursuit the thief
This is a mercilessly bleak studio about poorness and miserable life in post WWII Italy . Set in post war Italy , this is a Classy Italian movie of great importance in the developing of the Neorrealist movement . The film deals with a father , Lamberto Maggiorani , and his child , Enzo Staiola. Then , being robbed his bicycle, and both of them set out to find the robber . Along the way they encounter various egoistic characters , stealers , religious people , but also good people .
The picture is well paced , focusing on the relation between the desperado dad and his son , as the despair they suffer along the way , while attempt to discover the true thief who took his bicycle. It is a heart-rending and heart-breaking studio of poverty in postwar Italy which won special Academy Awards , before the foreign film category was officially established .The film is like a documentary , with a great crowd as extras , untrained people , old neighborhoods , a lot of street vendors , passengers and priests waiting for bus and many other things . It shows an evocative post war Rome , ruined and with depressed economy , ba great deal of working class men , unemployed people looking for work and a destroyed city , too. Here De Sica reveals unsuspected depths , and an extraordinary sensitive with actors , especially the little boy . Two main actors are frankly well , Lamberto Maggiorani as the ill-fated father and Enzo Staiola as the agreeable son with sweet laughter. Both of whom are pretty good , though all players are amateurs , as filmmaker De Sica and screenwriter Zavattini decided not to use professional actors . The motion picture was stunningly directed by Vittorio de Sica , and including Sergio Leone as director assistant . De Sica was a famous actor and director .He turned to filmmaking in 1940 , making light comedies. His fifth movie collaborated with writer Cesare Zavattini , I Bambi ni ci guardano ,in which showed great sensitivity and nice fIl making . It was also the first movie he made with writer Zavattini with whom he would subsequently shoot "Shoeshine" , and Bicycle thief .After the boxoffice disaster "Umberto D" , he abandoned the Neorrealist genre to make more commercial films than previous . Subsequently , he he made "Yesterday , Today and Tomorrow" with Marcelo Mastroiani and Sofia Loren in which he won another Oscar . His two final films were Garden of Finzi Contini and A brief vacation that had limited success .Rating 8/10 . Worthwhile watching . Above average . Essential and indispensable seeing for Italian films buffs .
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